Innate Beauty of Haute Horlogerie Interwoven with the Midnight Planétarium
Intended for female wristwatch aficionados, Lady Arpels Planétarium timepieces from the SIHH 2018, are restyled iconic creations from the Midnight Planétarium watch and the Lady Arpels Zodiac models in 2014. The newest creation of this exquisite Lady Arpels Planétarium offers an intimate view into a rich universe of Poetic Astronomy.
Haute Horlogerie is undoubtedly the key innovation that elevates Van Cleef & Arpels’ standard of movement and the ethereal decorations. On and in the dials of Lady Arpels Planétarium for SIHH 2018 the magic of the universe comes to life in a precious setting, encapsulated on a woman’s wrist depicted by the Mercury, Venus, and Earth orbiting around the sun at their designated true speeds. 88 days for Mercury, 224 days for Venus and 365 days for Earth. While the diamond Moon similar to a sparkling dancer moves around the Earth in 29.5 days, creating a wonderful celestial ballet on the dial, creating a very Diana-like feminine aura about the timepiece.
This eloquent model is a new and exclusive module developed in partnership with Christiaan van der Klaauw for Van Cleef & Arpels, featuring self-winding mechanical movement redesigned in a smaller size to fit perfectly into a 38-mm diameter case in white-gold, studded with diamonds in the bezel and sides of the case.
The dial becomes a symbol of good taste and understated luxury, visible through the planetary spectacle on show, heightened with a shooting star in rhodium-plated gold, showing the time with poetic grace. On the case back, two apertures display the day, month and year, all surrounded by the enchanting celestial decor. To complete this haute couture design, two bracelets are available either in a blue glitter alligator strap to match the dial or a bracelet entirely set with diamonds.
The beauty of this truly original women’s edition timepiece lies in the fact that Van Cleef & Arpels has involved master watchmakers, craftsmen, lapidaries, gem-setters, enamellers and engravers to complete the technical wonders of watchmaking.